Haunted French Quarter

Close up of Marie Laveau's Tomb

Close up of Marie Laveau’s Tomb – shows the weird shaped light by her offerings

Looking for some haunts on your visit to New Orleans? Well there are plenty of places to find them. Although there are plenty of haunted places outside of the French Quarter, these will be easily accessible by foot. I’m sure there are many more, but these are where there have been a number of sightings. Maybe you can have a sighting during your visit.

Saint Louis Cemetery Number One (425 Basin Street) is probably the most haunted cemetery in the United States and is the resting place for Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau. People visit her grave in hopes that her spirit will grant them a wish if they knock on her tomb three times, draw three x’s, knock three times again and then leave an offering. The picture above is a close up of her grave where the offerings are placed and there is a weird shaped lighter area in the picture. I took two pictures and the light shape was in a different spot in the next picture. Usually sun glare will be in a circular shape or you can make out each side of the glare, not the strange shapes I have in the photos at St. Louis Cemetery #1. See more photos in the gallery and let me know what you think, is it just sun glare or something more? This cemetery is believed to be haunted by Marie Laveau and her daughter, also named Marie.

Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal Street) is a pet friendly luxury hotel that has about a dozen different spirits that have been spotted, including former employees and children. Hotel employees and guests have encountered doors opening or closing and things being moved. Some of the previous employees are just making sure everything is up to their standards. International Society of Paranormal Research came to the hotel and helped release the spirit of a girl who died in the hotel and didn’t realize she had passed away.

Arnaud’s Restaurant (813 Bienville Street) is a fine dining restaurant serving classic Creole dishes that was opened in 1918 by Arnaud Cazenave, a French wine salesman. He was referred to as Count Arnaud, even though he wasn’t really a count. After his death, he wanted his daughter Germaine to run the restaurant, which she did. It is believed that they are both still looking over the restaurant making sure that everything is up to their high standards. If items looks out of place, or not exactly where they should be, they will be moved. A well dressed male spirit has been spotted in the corner of the restaurant, especially when it is very busy. And a female spirit has been seen in the museum in front of the many gowns worn by Germaine.

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar (901 Bourbon Street) is the oldest continuously operated bar in the United States having been open since 1772. The White Horse Tavern in Rhode Island was built in 1673 but not always used as a bar. It is believed that Jean and Pierre Lafitte used this location as a front for moving contraband. Red eyes have been seen in the fireplace, and then all of a sudden they are gone. Jean Lafitte and some of his old friends have been seen here, along with other customers from different time periods.

LaLaurie Mansion (1140 Royal Street) is where a macabre scene was discovered by responding fireman in 1834 to a kitchen fire. Following a smell upstairs, they discovered bound slaves that had been tortured and killed by Marie Delphine LaLaurie. After this discovery, an angry mob of New Orleans citizens went to the house and it is believed that she and her husband fled to Paris where she died in 1842. People have seen a woman’s eyes glaring at them, they believe it is Marie Delphine, and others have seen and heard her husband. There have also been children heard laughing and running out in the courtyard, where many of the slaves were buried.

The Beauregard-Keyes House (1113 Chartres Street) is believed to be haunted by Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard who was haunted by his defeat at the Battle of Shiloh. Unable to let go of the defeat, the bloody battle is reenacted in the main hall.

The Sultan’s House (716 Dauphine Street) was bought in 1839 by Jean Baptiste Le Prete. A wealthy Turk came to New Orleans and rented the house. It is believed that the Turk stole his brother, the Sultan’s servants and many young girls. The Turk would throw extravagant parties, but one night the neighbors could hear shrieks coming from the house. The next morning, the Turk and several of the girls were found murdered. People have heard music coming from the house and the smell of incense. Residents have claimed to see a young man, who later just disappears.

Le Pavillion Hotel (833 Poydras Street) is another haunted luxury hotel. (This is actually located a few blocks from the French Quarter) A young teenage girl has been seen in the lobby of the hotel and people have even bumped into her. She was killed sometime in the 1840s by a runaway carriage and she was supposed to board a cruise ship with her family the next morning. Many cab drivers have picked her up, only to have her disappear out of their cab blocks later. Some tourists have even shared a cab with her with the same disappearance a few blocks later. She tells people she is lost and asks them how to get to the ship passenger terminal.

Maybe your timing could be right to have your own paranormal experience in the French Quarter. Even if you don’t, the French Quarter has so many things to see and do to keep you entertained.

4 thoughts on “Haunted French Quarter

  1. Marianne

    I’ve never had the chance to visit New Orleans (yet) – but as I LOVE visiting cemeteries wherever I travel, I’ll be sure to put these on my list 🙂

    1. The Travel Wench

      Marianne –
      Thanks for checking out my blog! You would enjoy New Orleans, it has a totally different vibe. I love visiting cemeteries too and have so many on my list to see. I would recommend taking a tour in the larger cemeteries and be careful for muggers. The French Quarter is a constant party. 🙂

  2. Jill's Cabana Stories

    We loved our trip to New Orleans. I remember how unusual I thought it was driving through the cemeteries all above ground. The French Quarter was very interesting and had a strange vibe with all of the occult and voodoo shops. Very interesting travels there.


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